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AND THINGS

A Series of Essays

BY ANGELINA GUSHINGTON

A jest's prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it

Love's Labour's Lost

RIVINGTONS
London, Orford, and Cambridge

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PREFACE

IF
F the Preface did not appear to be a necessary part of

every book, I should be very much tempted to omit it, for as far as my experience goes, prefaces are generally stupid to read, and, as I now find out, for the first time, difficult to write.

However a Preface is so far useful that it gives one an opportunity of explaining to the reader certain matters connected with the book which could not well appear in the text itself. In the first place, I have written this collection of Essays with the object of removing the reproach of silliness which has of late attached itself to the name which I feel it an honour to bear. Many of my readers may perhaps have noticed that when any individual gives, for the benefit of the public, an entertainment of a comic nature,

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